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hello, warm welcome to our viewers joining us in the united states and all around the world. live at cnn center in atlanta. just ahead on cnn "newsroom,". >> the united states commits to japanese and we will face the challenges today and the future together. >> president biden kicked off
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the second leg of the diplomatic tour in asia. he looks to rally the region behind his new policy for the indo pacific. plus ukraine president announces a major deal with the leader of poland, all this as his country troops continue to repel a russian assault that's showing no signs of slowing. badly needed baby formula finall finally arrives in the united states. for many frustrated families the crisis is far from over. we do begin in japan. u.s. president biden is pivoting tr military assurance to economic alliances. as he tackles the second leg of the high stakes diplomatic tour in asia. now earlier, he called on the japanese emperor and palace before heading inside for a meeting. he later arrived for talks with
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japanese prime minister. the meeting and expected to wrap any minutes followed by remarks from both leaders and a press conference. we will bring you that when it happens and we're expecting it at any moment. earlier, mr. biden said the u.s. remains fully committed to supporting japan. listen. >> the u.s. japanese alliance has long been the corner stone of peace and prosperity. and the united states remains fully committed to japanese japan defense. and we will face the challenges today and the future together. >> now, while much of the focus in south korea of course was on the rising threat from north korea, in japan all eyes on china growing economic and military footprint. in the coming hours he is expected to unvail the administration new economic frame work for the region. the goal, boosting ties between the u.s. and asia pacific allies to counter china.
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president biden will bring a similar message to a meeting of so called quad alliance on tuesday. where he'll speak with leaders from japan, india and australia. cnn is covering this on the ground with our kevin and blake. standing by in tokyo with the latest developments as we await the press conference from president biden and prime minister. kevin, this is going to be quite a balancing act for the president. he obviously wants to emphasize the economic ties. security remains a problem and it's interesting here because president biden has said this before. he leans into the personal relationships. he knows this prime minister well. >> yeah, he does know him well. they have talked on the phone. this is the first time they have been able to meet face to face. for any kind of talks. and they'll go out for din r later tonight and something of a tradition for japanese prime ministers when they are hosting their american counter part. you talked about the balance between the focus on the
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security issues and the economic issues. just as president biden is trying to focus on the u.s. military presence in the region, to kind of define the united states ability to counter china in the military space. he is also trying to focus on how the u.s. is going to counter china in the economic space. the u.s. has been out with without a real plan to do that. since president trump withdrew from the trans-pacific partnership back in 2017. so with the president will unveil today is an economic frame work that as an organizing principle for partner nations to come on board and show their commitment to things like a resilient supply chain. clean energy and anticorruption efforts. in theory he could rejoin the tpp. in reality there's so little support among democrats and republicans. the white house officials sort of determined they needed to try something else.
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what this plan does is go beyond just trade and initiatives and areas they feel will be critically important to the economy of the coming decades. so you'll hear things about climate change. and about digital trade. so what the president will do later today is unvail a which country's are joining up. there are skeptics of the plan who say there really isn't anything concrete yet that would insent vise nations to join. the white house has been clear it won't include tariff reductions as part of the plan. that's traditionally be been used to get countries on board with other trade agreements. the real wok for this economic frame work will start tomorrow when the leaders sit down and ham r out what the specific commitments are that the nations will agree to as part of the joining up. what the president will do later today and lay out why it's important that the united states does this.
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and the real reason is that the united states wants to compete with china in this region. this is a rapidly growing region economically. china has signed a number of trade agreements with other asian countries in the last couple years. the united states has been sort of lagging behind in that area. this is president biden's attempt to catch up. >> yeah, although i'm sure the allies will point out the tpp is already there. the u.s. declined to join and reinventing the wheel is maybe what they're not on board for. blake is also following this in terms of japanese perspective. and as kevin was pointing out, obviously the economy is important. but so too obviously security guarantees. i have been fascinating to watch japan's really transformtive few months. especially since ts invasion in ukraine. the fact they're even sending military aid there, it's not lethal aid. they're sending it non-the less.
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what are they looking for in this visit beyond the economics from the united states? >> operating within japan's constitution to whether it's defense develop counter attack capabilities, increase defense budget, these are all things that are a primary focus here in japan. given the fact that in this part of the world, seemingly more unstable by the day that you have the rise of china oes military and nuclear power north korea. there's no question the friends and allies more important than ever and paint a picture of how severe the security environment is surrounding japan so far this year, north korea conducted 15 weapon tests with the u.s. intelligence officials telling us that another icbm test and the country's seventh ever nuclear test are imminent possibly while president biden is still here in japan. as far as china is concerned, japanese and senior u.s. defense officials tell us that china warships are routinely
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patrolling japanese territorial waters near taiwan. a trpresence that increased almt every year the past two decades. the japan forced to scramble fighter jets to respond to threatening air space. it's doubled. 110 kilometers away from taiwan i was told by many of the people living there making a living off its coast that china's constant presence in the threat of war right on their doorstep has them worried about the future. according to experts, this isn't a rivalry between the u.s. and china or china and japan. the tension here exists based on how regional powers are going about expanding their influence. take a listen. >> this is a rivalry between systems. between an expansionist authoritarian, kicktorial military system. as shown beijing operates as it
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expands into other countries and countries that value transparency and accountability. rule of law. everything that is em bodied in the term free and open indo pacific. >> that being said president biden made it clear that the u.s. is fully committed to japan's defense while prime minister is expected to communicate japan's readiness to structurally reenforce the defense capabilities. the ruling democratic party has proposed that japan possess counter attack capability. against ballistic missile threats and called for an increase in the defense budget. of course, china foreign minister has recently made a bunch of comments, it making it very clear that china is not pleased with what they perceive as negative moves made by the united states and japan for creating a foul atmosphere. even before any of the meetings or the quad summit set for
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tomorrow had taken place. >> also interesting, we continue to await the press conference between president biden and prime minister. i was reviewing comments when joe biden was vice president on a visit to asia and some of the commentary regards what was going on in south china sea was the same. china has been more blunt. in the face of this, has it been kind oof a natural thing that the prime minister has been able to bring the japanese public along on this. that's what is most startling. there seems to be support for this new posture. >> again, having had the opportunity to go to the islands, japan southwest, talked to a lot of people that are on the what would be the front lines of a war, if china were to invade taiwan and as many experts and japanese government officials expect that japan
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would get pulled in to that war, there's a lot of concern for what's happening. the influence that china is as the japanese officials and people here would say is feel like they're forcing it on other countries in the region. you have the security pack that was signed with the solomon islands. a major concern for country ins this region where they see china furthering to expand their influence in the south pacific. the east and south china sea obviously a big concern the territorial dispute with china and the islands. japanese believe it's theirs and china is known believe it's theirs. and you have coast guard ships that are constantly in those waters entering those waters. almost on daily basis at this point. threatening the livelihoods of fishermen, to come from places like trying to make a living.
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and and answer your question, the reality is that people are feeling china's influence. the pressure that they're putting on both militarily and economically. there's a lot of concern for what the future might look like if japan isn't able to develop ability to fight back to defend itself. that is one of the big poimportt thing here. japan is focussed on operating within the constitution. when they are talking about developing the counter strike capabilities or increasing the defense budget. this is all defense first. there's nothing about the idea of attacking another country. it's all defensive. that's one of the key talking points for japanese officials. they're trying to try to gain that public support to increase the defense budget. to get those counter strike capabilities. >> they are very careful to say that the counter strike cape nlt as a water shed as it would be.
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would be the defensive posture again for japan and they want of course the u.s. support on that. if i can bring you in here, it's going to be difficult for the president to get the cross he is in asia right now really dealing with business at home. why and how he's expecting some of the new economic alliances if you will to try and take some of the shocks out of the supply chain. i would assume that right now that would be a bit of a hard sell. >> yeah, i think what the president wants to do is focus on a lot of domestic issues while he's here in asia. you saw him do that when he was in south korea. he stopped at both sam sung plant and spoke with the chief executive of honda. both companies built factories in the united states and that is something the president has been focussed on as manufacturing jobs. labor jobs, trying to boost the american worker. and so it's interesting to see him do that on the stop in asia.
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he's focussed on what's going on at home. the big question in the trade deal is how it will effect american workers. that's something the president hasn't necessarily defined beyond saying that greater participation in the global market would be good for american businesses. and american workers. if they can sell their products over seas. of course the counter is also true. if asian countries, southeast which are expected some of them at least to join up into this economic frame work, join in to this plan. there's an open question of whether goods can be produced cheaper in those countries. what kind of limitations on trade there will be. what limitations on labor protection. all of the things are still being sorted out and what the president will have to do is balance a plan that is attractive enough for the countries to join on. with a plan that is also not going to generate backlash among republicans and democrats and the united states who may or may
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not have to ratify it. it hasn't been made clear whether this is a trade agreement that will have to be passed by the senate. or if this is something the president can do on his own. it will be interesting to see kind of how he balances that when he speaks later today. i want to note the other thing that the president is so focussed on while he's here. there will be a big issue when he speak tomorrow with the prime minister of india, the war in ukraine. the president has spoken about it nearly every day on the trip. so it will be interesting to see if he speaks about that in this press conference. it's been top of his mind. even focusing on this region. >> as you are speaking i believe we're about to see the president and prime minister come in. you made a good point about the protectionist replflexes that a apparent. that changed allot since joe biden -- the trans-pacific
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partnership. the two leaders are coming in. we'll bring you the statements and of course then their press conferences as they walk to the podium. both leader really wanting to appeal to home audiences they are doing what they can to try and alleviate economic problems. let's listen in. >> the joint press conference by prime minister and president joe biden. at the beginning, prime minister will deliver his remarks. that will be followed by president biden remarks. the floor is yours, prime minister. >> thank you. we are immensely pleased with the first visit to japan as a president of the united states.
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united states is japan's only ally who shares universal values of freedom and democracy. human rights and rule of law. it goes without saying that japan u.s. alliance is the lynch pin of security policy. the japan u.s. summit this time in this context was more important than ever in respect of two points. for one, we are currently faced with a crisis that shakes the foundation of international order which is russia's aggression against ukraine. to defend resolutely, free and open international order based on the rule of law.
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unity among allies and like minded countries are required utmost now than any other. another thing is that the challenge of ensuring peace and prosperity of the indo pacific region is the most important to strategy issue for the international community. in japan and the united states are to take on leadership role. in this sense, we highly value the visit by president biden to japan. as he powerfully demonstrates united states engagement. in this part of the region. also, together with president biden, we will like to make a
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tomorrow summit. a sure success. based on this awareness, today useful discussion took place on matters of international community. first, on russia's aggression, attempt to change a status quo by force is totally unacceptable. we have a list of location to respond together with the international community including g 7. also, confirmation made to support fully the government and people of ukraine. we also discussed lt impact ukraine situation could give on
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the indo pacific. for china, monitor closely the recent activities of chinese navy and joint exercise of china and russia. and strongly oppose the attempt to change status quo by force. in east china sea, and south china sea and the japan united states closely cooperate on responding to china related issues. including human rights. also, we affirm that our two countries basic position on taiwan remains to be unchanged. and underscored the importance of peace and stability of taiwan straits.
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which is an indispensable element for peace and prosperity of international community and called for peaceful resolution of the issue. odprk sharing the situation concern of a nuclear and missile issues including the launch of icbm. japan and the united states and japan u.s. to cooperate ech more closely was affirmed. toward immediate resolution i reiterated my request to cooperation. president biden extended his strong support. after this, president biden will be meeting with family members of the abductees. at a time when the regional
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security environment is becoming more severe, with president biden we reaffirmed the need to do quickly reenforce deterrence and response capability of japan u.s. alliances. i stated my determination to fundamentally reenforce japan's defense capability and secure substantial increase of its defense budget. needed to effect it. president biden strongly supported my determination. we also concurred to expand and deepen security and defense cooperation between japan and the united states. further, president biden reiterated his commitment to japan's defense. and to make sure that the extended deterrence will remain unwaving.
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unwavering. we condicur to keep in close touch. in addition, to alleviate impact on local communities of others, we also concur to steadfastly implement it. u.s. forces in japan realignment including construction. or replacement facilities. because situation around the nuclear weapons are getting severe, we also conclude that efforts on nuclear disarmament and work toward the world without nuclear weapons. engagement in the indo pacific
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by the united states and especially in the economic order is becoming ever more important. japan welcomes the launch of the indo pacific economic frame work by president biden and will participate and cooperate in this initiative. having said so, japan hopes to see the united states return to the tpp from a strategic perspective. also, in order to expand and deepen japan u.s. economic cooperation, we agreed to hold the ministry level japan u.s. economic policy consultation committee the so called economic two plus two. coming july. further, we concurred on cooperation in economic security including the development of advanced semi-conductors.
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and specific cooperation regarding space. with russia's aggression of ukraine, severely damaging the situation over energy and food, we confirmed that we shall respond through coordination with the g 7 and like minded nations as well as with international organizations. through such cooperation, japan and the united states hopes to engage in initiatives to realize sustainable and inclusive social economic environment. regarding the new form of capitol vichl which i am proposing, president biden reconfirmed his strong support. by cooperating with president biden, who is promoting policies that focus on the middle class,
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we hope to create a major global trend of common economic policies among major countries. we also exchanged views on global health, cancer research, climate change, production and human rights and democracy and other global challenges. and agreed that our two countries should lead efforts of the international community in such areas. further, i express the necessity to reform and strengthen the united nations including the security counsel which bares an important responsibility for the peace and security of the international community and gained president biden's support. the president stated that the united states will support japan
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becoming a permanent member of our reformed security counsel. the pacific ocean does not separate japan and the united states. rather it unites us. those are the words delivered by president kennedy to the prime minister. which resonate with amplified weight in today's context. i conveyed the importance of human resources development and people to people exchange toward a free and open indo pacific. and president biden concurred. japan will hold the presidency of the g 7 next year. as the world faces an unprecedented challenge caused by russia's aggression of ukraine. and the heightened risk of use of weapons of mass destruction at next years g 7 summit.
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i hope we can demonstrate the will of the g 7 to resolutely reject aggression by force. threat by nuclear weapons and attempts to overturn the international order with the strength that will make a mark in history. as the prime minister of japan the only country to have ever suffered atomic bombings. i believe there is no other venue as fitting to demonstrate our commitment to peace. i hope that we can vow to the world that mankind will never cause the catastrophe brought about by the nuclear weapons that president biden and other leaders of the g 7 will together confirm in front of the peace memorial on solidarity to defend peace, order and values.
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i explained such plans to the president and we reaffirmed that next years g 7 summit will be held in hiroshima and we shall work together for its success. today, as an out come of the meeting we decided to issue a joint statement. this statement is the joint strategy of japan and the united states as we keep in mind the current situation in ukraine. and the strategic importance of the indo pacific and aim to uphold and develop a free and open international order. under the current situation of international affairs, which maybe described as the end of the post cold war era, the truth
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value of the japan u.s. alliance is being tested. more stringently than ever before in order to realize a free and open indo pacific and establish a free and open rules based international order. japan is the united states will engage in utmost efforts with irreversible result i look forward to furthering partnership with president biden. >> thank you. >> thank you very much. now to president biden of the united states of america. >> thank you for that warm welcome you have given me here in japan. and recent years the alliance between japan and united states is grown stronger, deeper and more capable as we work together to take on the challenges just as important as the opportunities of a rapidly changing world. great example of this we view
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japan's lunar rover just coming out here over before after lunch. a symbol of how space cooperation is taking off. looking to the moon and mars. i'm excited the work we'll do together on the gate way station around the moon and look forward to the first japanese astronaut joining us on the mission to the lunar surface. tomorrow, we're going to 34meet with fellow quad partners, australia and india. for the fourth leader summit and second time meeting together in person. for quad is showing the world cooperation among democracies can get big things done. and i'm grateful for your leadership. thank you for bringing us together again to keep driving our progress as we advance positive vision for the future ocht indo pacific region. today we made several commitments to further increase
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our cooperation. and to work together to ensure a free and open indo pacific that creates opportunity and prosperity for all the people in the region. through our comprehensive and reliance -- resilience partnership which beannounced last year, we're in a situation now that we have invested our cooperation to spur innovation. while delivering concrete progress for our people. promoting a secure five g net work and proving internet connectivity for our partners in the region. proving critical infrastructure and strengthening supply chain resilience particularly on semi-conductors, batteries and critical minerals. responding to covid-19 and building a greater health security stronger health system also part of the future. and helping the world prepare for the next pandemic with our new cdc office here in japan. cooperating on clean energy and
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decarbonization to tackle the climate crisis. after this, the united states and japan together with 11 nations will be launching the indo pacific economic frame work. this frame work is a commitment to working with our close friends and partners in the region. on challenges that matter most to ensure economic competitiveness in the 21st century. by improving security and trust in the digital economy. protecting workers, strengthening supply chain, and tackling corruption that robs nations of their ability to serve the citizens. the two largest democracies, economies in the democratic world, the united states and japan. demonstrating the strength of democracies in action. our cooperation has been particularly vital in organizing the global response to hold putin accountable for his brutal
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war in dwruk and attack on the norms and principles the foundation of international order. you have been out standing throughout the crisis. and unity and the g 7 to impose economic costs on russia and support the people of ukraine is sending a strong message about our willingness to defend a rule based international order. i'm looking forward to continuing our discussions at the upcoming g 7 in germany. and returning to japan next year in 2023 for the g 7 summit. i welcome the prime minister. it will take place in his hometown. today, we discussed ways to continue to strengthen our security cooperation. the united states remains fully committed to japan's defense. and we welcome the opportunity to work more closely together in an increasingly challenging security environment. i applaud prime ministers
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determination. to strengthen japanese defense capabilitys as well. a strong japan, a strong u.s. japan alliance. a force for good in the region. i support the peace and stability that's going to continue and we hope increase across the taiwan straits. promote freedom of navigation and deter the democratic peoples republic of korea. so thank you again, mr. prime minister for your partnership and friendship. the alliance between our two countries is stronger than it's ever been. and it's as important as it has ever been. i'm looking forward to exploring even more ways that our relationship will help move us towards a future that benefits all people. thank you very much, and i really truly appreciate your hospitality. >> thank you very much.
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we will accept questions from the press. first japanese journalist to be followed by u.s. journalist. that will be the order of the questions. those of you who have questions, please raise your hand. i will appoint the journalist. please come to the closest and identify yourself and affiliation and be brief and clear in why questions. due to infection prevention please keep your facial mask when you deliver your question. japanese journalist, are there any questions? >> the front row . >> prime minister, president
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biden, thank you very much. first to prime minister, with the russian aggression of ukraine, prime minister you have been saying that security of europe and security of indo pacific are inseparable. in today's meeting did you talk about response to china, how did you analyze the current status of the cross straits. did the japanese side or u.s. side explain how u.s. would respond in terms of contingency. what was request regarding japanese response in the situation. did you explain the defense budget increase or enemy base strike capability? what did you explain. >> thank you for your question. first of all, at the meeting, as we got taiwan strait issue that you asked. we confirmed that basic stances of two countries on taiwan
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remains to be unchanged. and underscore the importance of peace and stability of taiwan strait. which is an indepenceable element for security and prosperity of international community and called upon peaceful resolution of cross strait issues. in the region, security related involvement is getting severe. attempt to change status quo by force like russia's aggression against ukraine this time, should never be tolerated. in indo pacific. above all, in asia. it's indespensable to further strengthen alliance based on the shared awareness. i have said that --
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fundamentally defense capability and stated my determination to reenforce japan's defense capability and secure substantial increase of defense budget needed to and strongly supported by determination. also for myself, i have all the options will be there. not to exclude any one of them. this is what i said to president. in indo pacific region as well as ensure the peace and prosperity of the international community. the bases is the corner stone of which japan u.s. alliance and further strengthening of the alliance we like to remain close coordination between japan and the united states. thank you. >> thank you very much.
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>> i have a question for the prime minister as well. i want to ask you about the economy. during your trip here to asia, you promoted the investment by sam sung and hodai. back home in the united states, americans are dealing with record high inflation. fed raised interest rates to try to address those issues. they're also just enormously high gas prices. given the cross occurrence of the economy. the china lock down, war in ukraine. should americans be prepared for a recession? in your view, is a recession in the united states inevitable? >> no. >> why not? >> look, you're talking about the significant progress we have made and making sure we don't have supply chain back ups about
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the 8,000 jobs that honda will be bringing to georgia. 3,000 jobs texas from sam sung. $17 billion investment. toyota, 1,700 jobs in north carolina. on battery technology. the situation where we're at we have created over 8 million new jobs where unemployment is down 3.6%. and so on is so forth. as if they're a problem. imagine what we would be with putin's tax and war on ukraine had we not made the enormous progress. gdp will grow faster than china for the first time in 40 years. we have problems with the rest of the world has. less consequential. because of our internal growth and strength. here's the situation, when it comes to the gas prices, we're going through an incredible
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transition. it's taking place, god willing when itst over we'll be stronger and less reliant on fossil fuel when this is over. what europe is doing with russian gas and anyway, i won't go through it all. what i have been able to do to keep it from getting worse. it's bad. the price of gas at the pump is something i told you you heard me say before is matter of great discussion at my kitchen table when i was a kid growing up. it's affecting a lot of families. we have released over 257,000 million barrels of oil. us and the rest of the world. it's helped but not enough. we find ousts in the situation where we have a food shortage. because of ukraine. there are millions of bush els of oil -- excuse me of grain held up in ukraine.
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that would impact positively on the market. and term of bringing down food prices across the board. we're finding ourselves in the position where we're working very hard with american farmers and american agricultural products to provide fertilizer and a whole range of things. this is going to be a hall. it will take time. in the meantime, it seems the best thing i can do in addition to try to get the middle eastern countries including opec to raise the production of oil and move along that route. it's to see to it we continue to grow our economy. create jobs. and the other thing is there's a second wave -- you know what i'm talking about, people don't want to talk about it. i won't take up the time. there's a second way to impact on inflation and term of people's daily cost. if you are able to have child care at 17% -- 7% of income.
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if you are in a position where we're able to provide for a tax cut for middle class people and working class people. all those things would be helpful. and we a 5050 senate. and i'm having trouble getting things passed. we're not going to give up we'll keep pushing. >> secretary yellen said recently that some of the tariffs on china imports impose more harm on consumers in businesses and aren't strategic. do you share that view? are you considering taking down some of the tariffs. >> i'm talking with secretary when we get home. i'm considering it. we didn't impose any of the tariffs. that was the last administration and under consideration. >> thank you. >> foreign minister, if i may, sir, we're going to be hearing more about this indo pacific
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economic forum today. what message do you hope that it sends to china in the global market and do you see this as a potential precursor to some type of pact given the political situation in the united states dealing with tpp? >> thank you for the your question. united states in the pacific region is making economic and highly interested. very posture shown by the united states is something we value in japan. regarding the tpp, we are truly hoping for return of the united states.
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even with the tpp, it's important that we proceed with discussions on that attitude of the united states is wholeheartedly welcome by the japanese government and support the u.s. initiative. china right now in the indo pacific region is demonstrating significant economic presence. that's true. but look into the substance of the presence. are they abiding by international rules? what about development finance. are they caring about sustainable initiatives? they have to do that. because they are a major power. they have significant responsibility even in the economic field. they have to live up to that responsibility. so, japan will cooperate with the united states and china.
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persuade them to live up to their responsibilities to abide by international rules and we think that such attitude is very important, thank you. >> once again, a question from the japanese reporter. please raise your hand . >> newspaper. prime minister, president biden nice to meet you. i have a question once again about ipef. it is different from the frame work of tpp and some members are saying it's less merit there. benefit. it will be effective frame work in order to ensure the effectiveness what is the role that japan will be playing.
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and also, there was a expectations expressed to for united states to come back to tpp. what was the response you received? >> first of all, under the leadership of president biden, shortly after the press conference, there will be official launch of ipef. that's the plan. such ceremony is slated to take place. i said this before but this is a demonstration of the positive commitment of the united states to the indo pacific. japan welcomes such steps and we are in full support. and i'm going to join president biden to participate in the inauguration ceremony. and through i pef, it's
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important to realize sustainable and inclusive economic growth in the indo pacific. in your question you asked about the concern of some countries who may think there's very little merit or advantage to them. but, we're going to discuss various matters with the united states and regional partners including the countries in order to jointly deliver concrete results. so, this is venue to engage in positive discussion for cooperation. and through such initiative, we want to deliver concrete and specific results and that will serve as specific and actual advantage for merit for the countries. you asked the question on tpp.
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from the strategic perspective of u.s. engagement in the international order of the indo pacific we want the united states to be engaged from the economic perspective as well. so our position remains unchanged. we think it's desirable for the united states to return to the tpp.
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minister. but first to you, you said that monkeypox is something that everybody should be concerned about. there are a few confirmed cases in the us. and some countries are opposing 21 day quarantines for people who are infected or even in some cases, just exposed. should americans expect something similar? >> no. i don't think so. we have had this monkeypox in large numbers in the past. we have vaccines to take care of it. number three, there is thus far, there doesn't seem to be a need for any kind of extra effort beyond what's going on. and so, i just don't think it rises to the level of the kind
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of concern that existed with covid-19. or smallpox vaccine works for a. but i think people should be careful. >> do you think eus has enough smallpox vaccine stockpiles? >> i do think we have enough to deal with the likelihood of the problem. in and mr. prime minister, can you tell us how japan would respond if china were to invade or try to take over taiwan? and how do you hope that the u.s. would respond if that were to happen. and mr. president, if you could tell us how the us is prepared to respond, we would appreciate it. >> translator: thank you. on taiwan, in the senate meeting, it was brought up in our discussions. the situation in the taiwan
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straits, the fundamental position of japan and the united states was reaffirmed. there is no change. and reasserted the importance of peace and stability of the taiwan straits, which is fundamental to order and peace in the streets. we should -- we confirmed that position. now, in asia. changing -- by force in asia. but also, because of such position, regarding the situation in ukraine, taking that -- an attempt to change is impermissible. that's why we are working with the international correspondence.
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and in asia as well, peace and stability must be upheld. in order to defend peace and stability in asia, we will strengthen our defense capability. and the united states is the only ally for japan. and, japan eus allies are thus very, very important. we have to strengthen this alliance to defend peace and stability of the region. and in so doing, extend the deterrence and response by the united states must be reliable. including state determines. the strengthening of the alliance. as many members of the general
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public will have deeper confidence on this alliance, so that that deterrent will be to regional. across the taiwan straits. there is no change in the status quo. i would add, that one of the reasons why it's so important that they pay a dear price for barbarism in ukraine. the idea that on your station today, and another station in america was showing bombings of schools. no military purpose. bombing schools, hospitals, -- all of the things that museums, bombing all the museums. i believe was putin's attempt
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to eliminate the identity of ukraine. the identity, can't occupy it, but he can try to destroy the identity. and the reason that i bothered to mention that is, he has to pay. russia has to pay a long-term price of that. the reason i have to say is if after all he's done, there's a push between china and -- between ukrainians and russia, and these sanctions are not continued to be sustained in many ways, that one -- for china, but the cost of attempting to take taiwan by the fourth. there already flirting with danger, and now, by all the maneuvers that are undertaken. with the united states, we remain in commitment. we support the one china policy. we have done in the past. that we, that does not mean that china has the ability,
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excuse me, has the jurisdiction to grant in use force to take over kyle -- taiwan. so we stand firmly with japan and other nations that we will not let that happen. my expectation is that it will not happen. it will not be attempted. my expectation is, a lot of it depends upon just how strong in the world, it makes it clear. that that kind of action is going to result in long-term disinformation by the rest of the community. >> very quickly, you did not want to get involved in the ukraine conflict for obvious reasons. are you willing to get involved militarily to defend taiwan if it comes to that? >> yes. >> you are. >> that the commitment we have made. is a commitment we have made.
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we are not look -- here's the situation. we agree with the one china policy. we assigned on to it. and all of the intended agreements made from there. but the idea that could be taken by force, just taken by force is just not appropriate in to dislocate the entire region. and there'd be another action, similar to what happened in ukraine. and so, it's a burden that is even stronger. thank you, very much. >> thank you is to present them. >> further -- >> and you are watching u.s. president joe biden and the prime minister of japan wrapping up their press conference there. you see them shaking hands there. a strong message to china. and saying about look, while the conflict in ukraine was going on. that vladimir putin does not pay a price for intervening in ukraine. means the fact that these sanctions would be in place for a long time. even passed -- with the ukraine
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and what does it have with china? they were resolute, definitely as well. in terms of going to their security priorities. and trying to convince audiences that they are doing what they can to make sure that they can mitigate some of those really incredible inflation and supply-chain shocks, which we don't have to remind anybody about. we will have much more news after the gates. daring, or thoughthtful. sensitivive, or strong.
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